Bodiam Castle: A Beautiful Moated Castle with Fantastic Views

Blossom S By Blossom S, 19th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Bodiam Castle is a beautiful and impressive 14th century castle, which has fantastic towers and broad moat outside and a fairytale atmosphere inside. It’s a great place for a day out.

Bodiam Castle: A Beautiful Moated Castle with Fantastic Views

I have lived in the United Kingdom for 4 years. During this time I have travelled to a few places around England and have seen a few castles. Bodiam Castle was one of them.

Brief information about Bodiam Castle:

Bodiam Castle is a 14th-century moated castle. It was originally built in 1385 to defend the area against French invasion. During the English Civil War, which was started in 1641, Bodiam Castle was subsequently dismantled and was left as a picturesque ruin.

Different from many traditional castles, Bodiam Castle has no keep. It has its various chambers built around the outer defensive walls and inner courts. Its corners and entrance are marked by towers, and topped by crenellations. Its structure, details and situation in an artificial watery landscape indicate that display was an important aspect of the castle's design as well as defence.

Historically the castle was the home of different owners’ family and the centre of the manor of Bodiam. Today the castle is protected as a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Monument. Since 1925 the castle has been donated to The National Trust and is open to the public.

Location:

Bodiam Castle is located in the village of Bodiam, Robertsbridge; on the border between Kent and East Sussex, England. You can drive your car to get Bodiam Castle. There is a big parking area which is nearby the entrance. It’s also accessible by ferry or by bus.

What to see at Bodiam Castle:

First are the ruins of the castle itself with its impressive defences outside and a comfortable grandeur inside. Passing by the parking and shop areas and walking a short distance, you will see a wooden bridge over the moat, which is leading to the entrance of the castle. Before showing my ticket to a National Trust staff in the gatehouse, I stopped on the bridge for a while seeing a lot of carp swimming in the water. I also noticed the portcullis, which is probably the oldest portcullis in Britain.

Roaming the interior of the castle I saw a central courtyard, which is a large and beautiful area of lawn. The outline of the original buildings is highly surrounded. Based on the guide information I can see there were a Great Hall, a pantry, buttery and kitchens, etc. From these ruins I can imagine people who lived inside the castle had very comfortable and safe life. You can climb inside each tower to access to the roof level. Due the bad weather I didn’t stay too long outside. Before leaving the castle I watched a short film about Bodiam Castle in a small room nearby the exit.

Last but not least, you can visit a museum, which is located just above and facing the bridge. It tells the changes of the castle over the few centuries. There is a model of Bodiam Castle, which shows how it was looked when it was completed. You can also see some artefacts founded from the moat, etc.

Opening times and prices:

Bodiam Castle is open daily from 10:30am to 5pm. Currently the admissions are £6.30 for adult and £3.15 for child. As it is the National Trust property, it’s free for National Trust members.

Conclusion:

Bodiam Castle is a beautiful and impressive 14th century castle, which has fantastic towers and broad moat outside and a fairytale atmosphere inside. It’s a great place for a day out.

Extra information:

Nearby Bodiam Castle you can also visit Bayham Abbey, which connects the history of Dissolution of the Monasteries and King Henry VIII; and Scotney Castle Garden and Estate which is full of Victorian memories.

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14Th-Century Moated Castle, Bayham Abbey, Bodiam Castle, Dissolution Of The Monasteries, East Sussex, England, English Civil War, Kent, King Henry Viii, Manor Of Bodiam, Robertsbridge, Scheduled Monument, Scotney Castle Garden And Estate, The National Trust, The Village Of Bodiam, Victorian History

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author avatar Blossom S
Blossom S is a writer and economist from the United Kingdom. She likes writing and travelling.

Her articles are published on ciao and dooyoo under the username of happysh2009;

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author avatar Jerry Walch
19th Jun 2012 (#)

This was a well-written and a very interesting article, Blossom, that could have easily rated a star if you had added a few more pictures and did a little more special formatting. If you need help in those area send me a message.

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author avatar Denise O
19th Jun 2012 (#)

I agree with Jerry, it does have some great information about Bodiam Castle. I enjoyed the read. Jerry is a great person to seek out, I did and he has and still does help me a lot. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Jun 2012 (#)

Blossom:0), wonderful thank you!

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author avatar Mike R
23rd Jun 2012 (#)

Nice article Blossom. This castle is very near my parents and I visited it a lot as a child.
I always thought it was never built as a castle, but a family home made to look like a castle.
One small thing, you say it is accessible by ferry, but I am not sure that is true? But you can take the Kent and East Sussex steam railway which is a lovely experience!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
23rd Jun 2012 (#)

lovely piece thank you...

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
29th Jun 2012 (#)

Good reading. Charming article and thanks.

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